EW Staff
February 16, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Instead of taking low-paying temp jobs after journalism school in which she would have fetched coffee for guys in suits, Shamburg became a dominatrix and made a lot more money beating the crap out of them. Through clever and hilarious prose, she introduces a bizarro cast of clients, from the Hollywood producer who pitches scripts as he’s suspended from the ceiling and beaten for 12 hours (”It’s Rain Man meets Yentl!”) to the Orthodox Jew who, during a Friday-night male-to-female transformation that ran long, ”kept the Sabbath holy in tulle and fishnets.” It’s so captivating a read that you might never want her to release you. B+

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